Fandom and Info lit

Alexandra Samuel (2018) poses three questions about online fandom.  While the questions defy simple answers, some fan practices model information literacy. For example fans can often expound on a question of interest with evidence from the book, movie, or show.  In research don’t we identify a problem of interest to our communities (Association of College Read More…

Diverse Voices in the Scholarly Conversation

July 4 honors our right to participate in civic conversations.  Let’s celebrate our right to take part in scholarly conversations (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016). Women Also Know History is a database of female historians, and Women Also Know Stuff is its political science counterpart.  People of Color Also Know Stuff highlights political Read More…

Social Science Librarians’ Boot Camp 2018

  The eighth annual Social Science Librarians’ Boot Camp took place on June 1.  Dr. Claire Wardle (Harvard Kennedy School) talked about First Draft,  which fights misinformation by conducting research, training journalists, and more.  Eric Huntley (MIT) talked about data visualization, especially around climate change data.  Both speakers mentioned the importance of local context–either fostering Read More…

University College Faculty Institute 2018

Another week brought another conference, the University College  Faculty Institute.  This year’s theme, Access+Success, came through in each session. Early bird presenters Sarah Lucchesi (University of Southern Maine) and Stacey Brownlie (Off-campus Library Services) explored–with audience participation–what adult students need for research success.  In her keynote Rena Palloff, PhD spoke of how learning communities contribute to Read More…

Association of College and Research Libraries Roadshow

On May 11  ACRL’s  Roadshow came to town.   Anali Perry (Arizona State University) and Rachael Samberg (UC Berkeley) helped us participants unpack the seemingly obvious idea of scholarly communication. We considered the different stakeholders involved in the process.  To think of the scholars we most often serve, we developed personae representing them.  Since I couldn’t Read More…

Conference self-care and information sharing

In February I posted about self-care.  In April I posted about conference keynotes.  This week I’ll combine the two themes: How do we take care of ourselves–in body mind, or spirit–at conferences? At a conference Richards (2014) asked a similar question to a group of nursing leaders.  The nurses shared their thoughts.  Then she shared Read More…

Personal archiving and info lit

The District of Columbia Public Library has a Memory Lab, where people can save outdated media into newer formats and organize the files (Hazlett, 2018).  The ACRL Framework mentions the knowledge practice of organizing information “in meaningful ways” (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, Research as Inquiry section). The emphasis above is mine and Read More…